Writing Desire

In this single-session, in-person workshop, we’ll study poems that lean into the discomfort and pleasure of desire. We’ll discover ways of writing about what we most want and what we most fear. Participants will read poems by CA Conrad, Richie Hoffman, Megan Fernandes, Tracy K. Smith and more, considering how they build distinct, trustworthy voices that can hold the tension of seeming opposites. Through generative writing exercises, participants will channel their interests, obsessions, fixations or curiosity into drafts that register as active, immediate and reaching. At the end, we’ll share drafts and discoveries made during the exercises.

We strongly encourage all in-person workshop participants to wear masks. Workshop participants may be required to wear masks as an accessibility accommodation for other participants or the instructor.

Workshop Details

  • Teacher: K. Iver
  • Level: II
  • Date: Nov 5, 2023
  • Time: Sunday, 5:30–8:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: 144 Montague St, Brooklyn
  • Cost: $95
  • Class size: 6–12 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCT 29, 2023
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEP 10
K. Iver

K. Iver

K. Iver (they/them) is a nonbinary trans poet born in Mississippi. Their book Short Film Starring My Beloved’s Red Bronco won the 2022 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry from Milkweed Editions. Their poems have appeared in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. Iver has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. They have a PhD in poetry from Florida State University.